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As Gov. Jerry Brown wraps up a trade mission to Mexico and debate still swirls around the ongoing crisis of unaccompanied migrant children crossing the border, we talk about politics and other issues with the Consul General of Mexico in San Francisco, Andres Roemer. We'll also preview the "Mex I Am" festival, which brings Mexican musicians and artists to the Bay Area.
As many as 20,000 public school students in California aren't getting the services they need to learn English, according to an ACLU lawsuit set for a hearing next month. The suit alleges that students in 251 districts received no language services at all, despite state and local funding for such programs. The suit also claims that the state failed to investigate or fix the problem.
We'll discuss the ongoing crisis in Gaza one day after Israeli tanks reportedly shelled a crowded shelter at a United Nations school, killing 15 and wounding 90. On the same day, another Israeli strike hit a fruit and vegetable marketplace near Gaza City. According to Gaza's Health Ministry, that attack killed 17 and wounded about 200. Over the 23-day conflict, more than 1,300 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed. Israel has lost 56 soldiers and three civilians.
Consumer crusader and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader joins us in the studio. In his new book "Unstoppable," Nader writes that the left and the right have more in common than meets the eye: specifically, growing mistrust of corporate power. We'll talk to Nader about his call for a new populist alliance from across the political spectrum to take on corporations.
A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted PG&E on 16 new counts in connection with the San Bruno pipeline explosion in 2010, including a charge of obstructing justice. The new indictments, which will be added to the original 12 charges in April, come one day after San Bruno officials accused PG&E and its regulator, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), of overly friendly, "cozy" e-mail communications and asked that the head of the CPUC be removed.
Adventure travel guide and naturalist Michael Ellis has just returned from the Lakes Basin region in the Northern Sierra Nevada, where he helps people spot wildflowers and bears. Since he was last on Forum he's traveled to central Bhutan, Turkey and the Pacific island nations of Palau and Yap. He's also been back to Tanzania, where he narrowly escaped death by a Cape Buffalo. We talk with Ellis about the natural world and the adventures to be found in our backyard and across the globe.
International police attempting to investigate the Malaysian Airlines crash site on Monday were forced for a second day to retreat in the face of fierce fighting between pro-Russian rebels and Ukraine's military. The United States and Europe on Monday agreed to further sanctions against Russia amid concerns that Russia continues to ship weapons into Ukraine. Experts join us to discuss these developments and more.
The world's largest outbreak of Ebola, which began earlier this year in Guinea, has spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone, killing over 670 people in West Africa. With no vaccine and no cure, the virus is deadly for up to 90 percent of those infected. Two U.S. aid workers are now being treated for the virus in Liberia. And on Sunday, Liberia announced it's shutting most of its border crossings after an infected man flew from there to Nigeria. We discuss the Ebola epidemic and the challenges in treating and containing it.
Taking care of elderly parents can be a challenging, emotional and complicated task. We discuss ways to handle the practical and emotional issues around caring for your parents as they age.
A new study shows Marin County has disproportionately higher numbers of melanoma skin cancer than the rest of the Bay Area. The report from the Cancer Prevention Institute of California noted that melanoma incidence was 60 percent higher in Marin compared to the state as a whole. Experts join us to explain the findings and offer skin safety and screening tips for the summer.